Posted on: July 8, 2011
As a Charleston car accident attorney, I came across this investigative report claiming that brand new tires being installed on vehicles might be years old, making them unsafe for drivers.”It turns out that tires could sit on store shelves for years before they’re sold but there’s no expiration date,” said ABC reporter Brian Ross in a 2008 investigation. “Yet research and tests show that as tires get older, even if they’ve never been driven a mile, they begin to dry out. And after six years of age, can become dangerous.”The report claims that drivers can look at a tire and think its fine, but don’t know what is going on inside it. As tires get older they essentially dry out and become less elastic, according to the report.These dangerous tires can cause serious, fatal car accidents when the tire blows out.As a Charleston car accident attorney, I am shocked to hear that these unsafe tires are on the market. I hope this investigation helped make this serious issue more public so lawmakers can work to challenge the current safety guidelines.